This book traces across the millennium of the Middle Ages the gradual crystallisation of a new and distinctive European identity. Koenigsberger covers the Islamic, Byzantine and central Asian worlds in his account which explains Europe's progression from chaos and collapse to the point where it was set to rule much of the world.
List of maps. List of plates. Acknowledgements. 1.Introduction. 2.The end of the ancient world and the beginning of the middle ages, 400-700. 3.The Carolingian Empire and the Invasions of Europe, 700-1000. 4.The Recovery of the west, the crusades, and the twelfth-century renaissance, 1000-2000. 5.The High Middle Ages. 6.The Later Middle Ages: Transalpine Europe, 1340-1500. Medieval city culture: Central Europe, Italy and the Renaissance.Index